Nice guy, pretty funny, good defensive player, suspect offense, can’t really seem to get into Randy Wittman’s rotation on a consistent basis and just to be blatantly honest, I’d rather have Kenneth Faried, MarShon Brooks, Norris Cole or Jimmy Butler — all whom were drafted after Chris Singleton. Singleton played in less overall games in ’12-13 than his rookie year, started in 40 less, went down in minutes played per game, improved his shooting percentage by .010 and regressed in three point shooting, free throw shooting, rebounding, assists, blocks, steals and points per game. The only thing worse than Chris’ Spalding endorsed shoes were the 27 DNP – coach’s decisions.
In all seriousness I liked Singleton’s defensive game coming out of college. Hell, one of our Wizards Extreme co-founders was ecstatic the night we drafted him but unfortunately, two years after one of the worst drafts in Washington Wizards history — you know, the one that saw them select Jan Vesely and Shelvin Mack before and after Singleton — Washington must be kicking themselves for having passed on Faried alone.
As Ernie said in his end of year presser, this summer will be a big one for Vesely and Singleton but as a Wizards fan you have to ask yourself, how could it get any worse?
Scoring: Not exactly his foray and frankly I was alarmed at how much worse Chris looked this year compared to the flashes he showed last year. Singleton would have some games where it looked like the light bulbs went off, and then he’d have a ton of games where it looked like there were no lights on at all. At this point, I’m just not sure what exactly he can bring to a team offensively but it has to improve unless Chris wants to be riding buses to games between the Idaho Stampede and the Dakota Wizards.
Court Awareness: Not really good. We could get into the minutia of every minute he played and say he had good plays here and there but when you get drafted in the middle of the first round you are supposed to be a pretty good basketball player. If Singleton had very good court awareness, he’d be on the court playing. Seeing how he is not on the floor on a consistent basis, his court awareness in my opinion is severely lacking.
Offensive Value: Negligent. As mentioned before and I’ll try not to beat this horse to death but 4 points per game from the 18th pick in the draft is not exactly what the Wizards thought they would be getting. Let’s not sugarcoat this, Chris ranked 329th in scoring this year. Some of the names above him? Too disappointing to name, so look for yourself.
Defensive Value: The one thing I knew about Singleton and was most excited for was his supposed defensive prowess. But like most young Wizards big men I can’t tell you how many times I watched him out of position on pick and rolls, sagging too far with his help defense, and allowing way too many ole baskets by the other team. I realize that at this point it looks like I’m just killing the guy but I’m really trying to come up with some good things to say. Here comes the dead horse again…if Chris wants to stay in this league, he’s going to need to go back to what he was touted for coming out of college.
Hustle/Effort: I’d give Singleton a nice split of 50/50. I think half the time he showed promise, and the rest of the time he showed lack thereof. If this review ever gets back to Ernie or Coach Wittman, I’m sure I’d get scolded about not being able to distinguish good effort but from what I watch of this team, if the hustle and effort was there every night from Chris his minutes would be up from his rookie season, not down. Again, there are three things Singleton can do to help his status on this team like getting his defense back to where it was when he came into the league, and improving on the hustle and effort. For the latter, there is absolutely no excuse for. I watch guys every summer who play in the Goodman League that would give a left nut to just have the chance to make an NBA team. For this category, some just want it more than others.
Basketball Swag: He’s got swag, there is no doubt about that. Chris definitely carries himself off the court with a good smile, comes across as nice guy in the locker room, he’s a friendly interview but when the lights go on and the games are going it’s heads or tails. You never know what you’re going to get from him night in and night out. I’m not one of these media members who is going to bury you in stats because I’m a firm believer in the role of confidence with a players game and that to me would be on-court swag. Off-court swag, Chris gets a B-, on-court swag I’d give him a D-.
Final Player Grade: F. You cannot regress in all of the statistical categories that matter, play in less games, play less minutes and DNP in 27 more games than you did your rookie season and expect to get a good season grade. Chris, if for some reason you read this, don’t look at the F as what I think you are as an NBA player, but more so an indication of how far you are from actually showcasing your true potential. You need to ball it up in Vegas this summer.